Jail CellWhen people think about felonies, they typically think about misdemeanors as well. However, felonies are a lot different from misdemeanors. They are actually punished as some of the most serious types of crimes and have prison sentences that will usually extend greater than one year. Felonies are mostly viewed severely by society, such as murder, rape, burglary, kidnapping, or arson. Misdemeanors are a bit less serious and usually never take place in a high security prison. In many of these cases, you may find that a defendant only has to pay a fine instead of stay for years in prison. Felonies are especially serious because they can follow you through your life and keep you from employment as well as many other benefits.

Punishment Ranges 

Aside from the most serious felonies like murder, rape, and arson, there are many other felonies that occur on a pretty common level. These include assault with severe bodily harm and theft, as long if the amount stolen was quite hefty. If there is a lesser felony, the courts will usually consider this and punish with penalties such as community service, fines, and jail time that is under a year. You may also be ordered to pay something known as restitution, which is when someone who was convicted of a serious crime must compensate a victim or the family on a financial level. For instance, say that you caused very serious injury to somebody and they died from those injuries – the restitution may pay for pain and suffering over the loss, as well as funeral costs. In some states, you may even find that the death penalty is an option if the crime is serious enough.

Probation or Parole

If you commit a certain crime, you may find that you could receive probation or parole as a punishment. This really depends on your past criminal history and whether or not your criminal defense attorney is able to fight to reduce the punishment. Probation is something that you can receive when they find that you are eligible to have your jail time suspended. This does not mean that you are automatically free from the crime, however. No, you must still meet certain requirements like keeping a job and getting counseling. And, if you violate the terms of your probation, it could result in severe penalties like imprisonment.

Parole is another option if you have landed yourself in prison for the crime. This is the conditional release of a convicted criminal before the full prison sentence has been served. Parole is a lot like probation but not in all ways. You must be able to adhere to a strict set of conditions. Those on parole must be able to check in with a parole officer whenever necessary, mostly on a weekly basis. If you do not meet the conditions, you will be sent back to prison.

How to Appeal a Felony Conviction

If you are faced with a felony conviction, you may choose to appeal. However, this process is not easy under any circumstances. You must be able to show that some mistake was made in the initial trial and deserves to be looked at again. A good way to do so is having a very skilled and professional defense attorney on your side. You should speak to a criminal attorney today at The Law Offices of Peter Blair. We can help you as soon as you call and listen to your every detail. We may be able to help you even after you have been arrested for a very serious crime.